September 2018 Newsletter

From the Office

Welcome back to another school year! The anticipation of students seeing friends, making new ones, moving to a new grade, and meeting a new teacher, adds to the joy and excitement of the new school year. These new beginnings provide us the opportunity to start off on a positive note and experience a successful year. It is a pleasure to see the familiar faces of our returning staff, students and families, and it is exciting to grow our Huron Centennial School community by welcoming new families and staff members. This year, Lyndsey Lobb joins our staff, teaching in our intermediate division, and we look forward to what she will add to the Huron Centennial team. It is also with a feeling of great pleasure and a sense of ‘home coming’ that I announce my return to Huron Centennial School after a few years away working in other schools. Many families will remember me from my time here as Vice-principal a few years ago. I return with fond memories now as I take the Principal’s chair from Mrs. Rauser. It was a real pleasure when I visited last June to receive the warm welcome back from school staff, and the many students who remembered me!

Parent involvement in, and support for students’ activities and education is clearly valued in this school community. The energy and commitment of our staff to create positive, inclusive learning environments and maximize outcomes for students in our school, is very impressive. In addition, our custodial team has worked tirelessly over the summer, and the school literally shines with their efforts. We appreciate all their hard work maintaining our facilities.

We look forward to a continued partnership with our parent community in making this a successful school year for your children. Please feel free to contact us at the school if you have any questions or concerns as we settle into another year.

~ Tom Bishop

SAFETY MATTERS…

Save Arrival

All visitors must enter through the main lobby doors and report to the office. If you are visiting the school for an extended stay for something such as volunteer work, we ask that you please sign in at the office. To help us monitor student attendance, please call the school by 8:45 a.m., leave a message, or send a note if your child is going to be absent. In accordance with the Board’s Safe Arrival Policy, attendance will be taken in each classroom every morning. Parents of students not accounted for, will be called to ensure student safety. We don’t like bothering parents at work or while driving, but we must persevere until we have reached you or one of your emergency contacts. Please make sure that we have your correct contact information by updating and returning the Emergency Contact Form as soon as possible. Students arriving late must also check in at the office. We appreciate your cooperation.

Emergency Contact Information Forms

These forms will be sent home with your child(ren) this week. It is imperative that the school has accurate information for all students, particularly so we can contact parents or other emergency contacts when necessary. There are also various consents on the back of this form that need to be filled out.

In rare situations such as power failures, heating plant breakdown, or stormy weather, it may be necessary to close the school and send buses home before the end of the school day. It is important then that we can make the necessary contacts to make this work safely. An emergency plan is in place so that parents are informed about the closure, and alternate arrangements for your children are followed.

Please look for these forms in your child’s backpack and review or complete the forms. Please make any necessary changes and return the forms to your child’s teacher by September 15th.

Medically at Risk Students

As a ‘best practice’ and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition, so we are aware and can have important safety procedures in place. The school will need information from the child’s doctor regarding signs and symptoms we need to be watching for, as well as instructions for emergency situations. Please remember to request Individual Medical Management Plan of Care forms from the school office to take with you to your doctor’s appointments.

Peanut/Nut Allergies

Just a reminder that we have students with severe peanut/nut allergies, in our building. Please do not send any foods containing these products to school.

Sabrina’s Law and Anaphylaxis

In January 2006, Sabrina’s Law came into effect. This Law requires school boards to have emergency procedures in place to deal with incidents of anaphylaxis and to provide training for all staff. With support from the Perth District Health Unit and the Huron County Health Unit, school principals provide to their staff, annual training in the administration of EPI-Pens to treat anaphylactic reactions. In cases where a student is anaphylactic, parents/guardians are expected to provide an EPI-Pen(s) for their child to carry with them at all times during the school day. Parents/Guardians must also work with the school to develop an Individual Medical Management Plan of Care that outlines emergency procedures for their child. In accordance with Sabrina’s Law, all schools have been provided with two generic EPI-Pens. These EPI-Pens are being provided to support schools in responding to a medical emergency for an anaphylactic student. Also, in accordance with Sabrina’s Law, schools must administer an EPI-Pen when a student is suspected of suffering an anaphylactic reaction, even if no Medical Management Plan exists. If you are aware that your child is allergic to epinephrine or if you have any concerns, it is suggested that you contact the school principal.

Ryan’s Law

‘Ryan’s Law’ was passed by the Ontario Legislature in 2015. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the wellbeing of students in Ontario schools who live with asthma.

If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the school office to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry his/her asthma medication while at school. The Ministry of Education website has a link to OPHEA parent resources on asthma.

Administration of Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication

If children need to take medication at school, a form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian. Medications must be stored in the office and administered by adults whether they are prescription or non-prescription (Tylenol, etc.). The exceptions to this rule are asthma inhalers and epi-pens, for which different rules apply.

Volunteers and Police Record Checks/Declaration

We believe that Huron Centennial School should be the heart of our community, and would like to see lots of community involvement. If you have any time, special talents or interests you would like to share, please let us know. Anyone who wishes to volunteer with students will have to have a Police Check completed. If you already had a Police Check on file with the school last year, you will be required to sign a simple Declaration Form to update us. We will work with the OPP and facilitate this process through the school. You will need to have your Police Check or a Declaration Form (update) complete before participation in any school trips or in-school activities. Safety is our number one priority for our students. Forms for this process are available from the office. Please contact us to obtain them.

Kindergarten Green Tag Program

Again this year we will be implementing Avon Maitland District School Board’s ‘Green Tag’ Identification Program. This program is intended to help alleviate potentially confusing travel experiences and improve safety for our Junior and Senior Kindergarten students. Every student in JK or SK will receive a green tag indicating the appropriate bus number for transportation to and from school. Please assist us with the implementation of this program by ensuring that your son or daughter has the green tag securely and visibly attached to their backpack or school bag each day. The tag will help both drivers and our bus monitors at the school, ensure that children are getting on the correct bus for safe return home.

Cell Phones

Please do not encourage your child to text you during the school day should he/she become ill. Students are asked to please visit the office so that communication occurs directly between parents and the office. Also, we expect parents to help us teach appropriate use of technology at school by not texting your child during the school day. If you wish to pick up your child early from school, a call or visit to the office is appreciated.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Food Days

Our food days will begin on September. 26th. We are going to be offering pizza every Wednesday. For your child’s participation in these food days, you will find the food order forms on the ‘School Cash Online’ platform.

Shoes

Even though the weather is nice, our students still need to have their INDOOR ONLY running shoes available for physical education classes in the gym. Students are also participating in ball games, track and field, and other outdoor activities during some physical education classes. So, students need OUTDOOR ONLY running shoes as well. Flip-flops and sandals are better used for beachwear and weekend wear. Thanks for your cooperation.

Labeling of Personal Items

Please be sure to label your child’s clothing and equipment that is brought to school. That way, it is not difficult to return the item to its owner and this prevents ownership disputes as well. Please note that students who bring personal items to school do so at their own risk.

School Council News

School Council plays an important role in the life of a school. You are invited to join in and become involved! The first meeting of School Council will be held on Monday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the school staff room. You do not have to be a member of the existing council to attend, and new members or parents interested in sharing thoughts on meeting topics, or just learning more about the work of this important group, are always welcome. We have a few activities throughout the year for which we are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, let the school office or any member of council know. Please consider joining us!

Picture Day

Picture days will be on October 4th & 5th this year, with retakes offered on November 13. More details will be coming home closer to that date.

Student Agendas

An important part of the program at Huron Centennial, and a Ministry mandated initiative, is developing time management, planning, and goal setting skills among our students. The Student Planner/Agenda is an excellent tool that we use daily in Grades 1 to 6 to assist in teaching these important skills. We are asking families to cover a portion of the cost of $5.00 per planner. The ‘School Cash Online’ system can be used to make your child’s payment online for this.

Code of Conduct and Handbook for Students and Parents

Students in Grades 1 to 6 have received the updated Code of Behaviour and Student/Parent Handbook in their student agendas. We are also attaching these documents in your first monthly school newsletter and you will find them attached within.

Balanced School Day

The Balanced School Day remains the same. The school day will begin at 8:45 a.m. and consist of three blocks of instructional time. These will be separated by two 40 minute nutrition/activity breaks. Students will need to bring a lunch that can be spread over two nutrition breaks. Food days will continue to be held on Fridays and will operate during the second nutrition break.

Volunteers Needed: RAP Reading Program (Reading Assistance Program)

The RAP reading program is a valuable reading recovery model that helps reluctant and/or struggling readers. We are looking forward to continuing this program for our primary division for the upcoming school year, following the success of last year’s program. We are in need of volunteers. RAP volunteers will provide each child with a one-to-one session which includes:

  • Listening to a fluent reader
  • Reading a familiar text
  • Working with words
  • Writing messages
  • Listening to a new text

Volunteers for this program will be asked to commit to a half day once a week for 3-4 months. We will be offering a training session for all volunteers. If you have questions, or would like to learn more about the program, please contact our Special Education Resource Teacher, Terri Munn at the school, or see us at the school open house on September 13th.

Huron Centennial 2018-2019 Staff

Early Years A – Mrs. Hill
Early Years B – Mrs. McGregor/Mrs. Thompson
Early Years C – Ms. Wammes, Mrs. Finlayson/ Mrs. O’Donnell
Grade 1 – Mrs. Steinmann
Grade 1 /2 – Mrs. Stein
Grade 2 – Ms. Campbell-Taylor/Mr. Cox
Grade 2 /3 – Ms. Knarr
Grade 3 – Ms. Scruton
Grade 3/4 – Mrs. Maver/Mrs. Howson
Grade 4/5 -Ms. Martin
Grade 5/6 – Mrs. Regier
Gr. 6 – Ms. Somerville
Grade 6/7 – Ms. Henderson
Grade 7/8 – Mrs. Moxham
Grade 7/8 – Ms. Lobb
Resource – Mrs. Munn
French – Ms. Anstett
Music – Mr. Cassel
Ed. Assistants – Mrs. Durnin, Mrs. Laycox, Mrs. Herman
STRIVE – Ms. House
TRA/Library – Ms. Sygrove
Secretary – Mrs. Dolmage
Head Custodian – Mrs. Pepper; Custodians – Mrs. Hern, Mrs. Brand
Vice-Principal – Mr. Coursey
Principal – Mr. Bishop

Fund Raising Update

Huron Centennial School sells magazine subscriptions and cookie dough as it’s main fundraiser. This year’s campaign will be starting off in early October.

Water Testing

Tests are conducted on a weekly basis on the school’s water supply system.
They continue to come back perfect (0 bacteria and 0 for E-coli) on a consistent basis. A UV filter system supplements the chlorinator. Chlorine tests are done once a day and as an extra measure, our custodians run the water each morning to clear out water that has been sitting in the system overnight.

Who has access to an OSR?

The information in an OSR is available only to supervisory officers, the principal and the teachers of the school for the purpose of improving the instruction of the student. Written permission is requested for any outside agency/personnel to access the OSR.
All students, and the parents/guardians of students under 18 years of age, have the right to examine the OSR and to receive a copy of its contents, if they so desire. Contact the Principal for details.

Bus Providers

Murphy Bus Lines – Clinton Phone: 519-482-3493

Bus Safety

Just a reminder to parents that when you are dropping off children in the morning, or picking them up at night, please park in the parking lot and avoid parking or driving through the bus lanes at the front of the school. Loading and unloading times can be very busy and we appreciate your cooperation in keeping that area safe for our students at those times.

  • Bus Drivers
  • Bus #1- Trudy Guenther
  • Bus #2– Larry Truman
  • Bus#3– Don Freeman
  • Bus #4– Wayne Maxnor
  • Bus #5– Dave Staines
  • Bus #6– Don Ballantyne
  • Bus #7– Cathy Boon
  • Bus #8– Kelly Kiss
  • Bus #9– Dave Taylor

Changing Buses Policy

In the interests of the safety of our students, students are not allowed to change buses. This is a Board Policy that is to be enforced in every school. The only case where students may ride a different bus is for childcare reasons, and this must be a permanent change. Ask the office for the proper form. If you need your child to get off at a different stop, or ride a different bus (ie: you are going away on a vacation, or it is an emergency situation), you must contact the principal by written note for permission to make a change. There is no changing of buses for birthday parties or for working on school projects.

Bus Patrol Program

In September, we will be asking more students to join this team. The duties are very specific, and a training manual is provided. We select students on the basis of good character, positive attitude, leadership qualities and focus on safety. Students, if you think you want to get involved, talk to Mr. Bishop or Mr. Coursey and let them know that you are interested.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

Our school board is offering you the opportunity to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance provides protection against unexpected costs arising from accidental injuries. The program is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
    Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance has a selection of plans to suit most budgets. Benefits include coverage for:
  • The full school year (September to September), 24 hours a day, while at home and in school;
  • Expenses that are often limited or not covered by private or group insurance plans, or Provincial Health Insurance Plans, such as ambulance, physiotherapy, private tutoring, counselling, and much more
  • Injury-related dental treatment (including future dental treatment up to age 26); Out-of-province or country emergency medical expenses.

If your address changes during the school year, your Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance plan is transferable from school to school, anywhere in Canada. Insurance premiums for children are $14.50 or $33.50 per year, depending on the plan selected. A discount is available for families with 3 or more children. Adults age 20 to 64 can also be insured for $32.00 per year. For more information about Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance  or to apply online, please visit the Kids Plus™ website , or speak with a Kids Plus™ Client Service Administrator at 1-800-556-7411.

Terry Fox

Once again our school will be participating in the National Terry Fox School Run Day.
The run will take place on Thursday September 27th, 2018.

Students are asked to collect “Toonies, Tens, or Twenties for Terry. Thank you for your support of this worthy cause as we “Outrun Cancer.”

Huron Centennial’s Home Page

If you are looking for news on upcoming events and dates, the monthly newsletter and calendar will be posted on our school homepage which you can find by Googling us.

Piano Lessons at Huron Centennial

Piano lessons are available at Huron Centennial School. The piano teacher arranges with the classroom teacher an appropriate time for the student to be dismissed from class for their lesson time during the school day. Parents can arrange payment and scheduling of the lessons with the piano teacher. If you are interested or seeking information, contact:
Susan Barnett: 519-524-1054 sbarnett@cabletv.on.ca
Valerie Dalton: 519-441-0116 gv_dalton@hotmail.com

Character Education

At Huron Centennial Public School, we place a high priority on the character development of our students. The character attribute for September is RESPECT: Valuing self, others and our world. Please discuss the monthly attributes with your child(ren), to support us in our teaching efforts and reinforce those qualities.

Board-owned Devices on Loan from Huron Centennial School
‘Our School’s Approach’

From time to time, teachers may provide their students with access to mobile devices such as iPads or Chrome Books, to assist them in their learning objectives. While we feel that competence with such devices is an important aspect of student learning and 21st century skills development, their use is not, in itself, a goal. It will be our expectation at Huron Centennial School this year that a highly integrated approach will be taken in the utilization of technology. Students may be asked to use them as a tool to access information pertinent to their classroom learning and assignments, to practise learned skills in the classroom, to communicate for the purposes of collaboration with others, and other learning tasks as deemed appropriate by their teacher. This may mean that some students, grade 7 & 8 will bring the device home to use in the completion of homework. This will happen on an as-needed basis, related to the classroom teachers’ agenda and at their discretion. Devices will remain in storage at the school, and students will not necessarily be bringing them home on a nightly basis, unless there are assigned, learning-related purposes connected with classroom subject matter.

STUDENT USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Technology: Responsible Use (Code of Conduct for Students)

The Avon Maitland District School Board will provide students with access to digital technology, access to networks and the Internet. Each student must ensure that they maintain a safe, secure technology footprint and practise good digital citizenship. The purpose of this Code of Conduct for Students is to outline the Boards expectations for technology access for students of the Avon Maitland District School Board.

1. Students must never give out personal information about themselves or others (such as address, phone number, pictures of themselves) and to strangers met through the Internet.
2. Web pages should not contain personal information about students (address, phone numbers, pictures unless parents have given consent).
3. Students must report to a teacher or other school staff member any technology or Internet related activity (e.g., threats, abusive language) that gives them concern or appears to threaten the safety of people or places.

Use of Equipment, Software and Networks

1. All technology, including cables and network drops, must not be damaged.
2. Use of digital technology including the Internet must respect the safety and rights of others. Information must not be accessed, downloaded, stored or distributed that is illegal, abusive, threatening, obscene, harassing or otherwise inappropriate.
3. Students must not share passwords or use the passwords of others nor should they try to hack into computer systems.
4. Digital data must not be deleted, modified, moved or copied unless permission has been given to do so by a school staff member.
5. Creating and transmitting computer viruses, hoaxes, e-mail worms, sending junk mail or similar nuisance behaviour or related threats to network security is not permitted.
6. Software used must be properly licensed. Licensed software must not be copied illegally.
7. E-mail, conferencing, on-line chat and content of web pages must respect the safety and rights of others.
8. Students must report to a teacher or other school staff member any inappropriate use of digital technology, software or networks, including the Internet.
9. Students must not attempt in any way to log on using another person’s identity.
10. Students should not intentionally access Internet sites with inappropriate content of no educational value.
11. If using the work of others, credit must be given and permission obtained if copyright materials are used.
12. Students will only use USB storage devices for transferring school related documents from school to home and vice versa.
13. Students will make every attempt to ensure that the files contained on the USB portable drive are free of viruses, spy ware, and ad ware by having appropriate safe guarding programs on their home computer.
14. Students must not access VPNs or proxy sites that circumvent the security measures put in place by the Avon Maitland District School Board.

Consequences

Students who do not follow this procedure may be subject to disciplinary action such as loss of computer privileges, disciplinary action, and police involvement.

Protocol for the Use of USB Portable Storage Devices

USB portable storage devices, also know as Thumb Drives, Jump Drives and Memory Sticks, are a convenient and reliable means of storing and transporting electronic data and files. As such, they have a role to play in the education of our students. These devices do, however, have the potential to house information or programs that could be harmful to the Board’s information systems. As such, staff and students are asked to follow the protocol outlined below to ensure that we protect this valuable education resource from accidental or malicious misuse.

Students are permitted to use USB storage devices for school related work under the following conditions:
• Students will only use USB storage devices for transferring school related documents from school to home and vice versa.
• Students will make every attempt to ensure that the files contained on the USB portable drive are free of viruses, spy ware, and adware by having appropriate safe guarding programs on their home computer.
• Students will present the USB storage device to a teacher, TRA, or EA to have the files transferred to their working space on the school network. Conversely, if students wish to have files loaded to their USB storage device, they will present the device to a staff member and instruct the staff member on which files need to be moved or copied.
• Executable files will not be transferred to the student’s working space on the network without prior consultation with a member of the Information Technology team. In exceptional cases, students with SEA equipment may be permitted to use USB storage devices independent of staff assistance. Decisions around which students might qualify for this type of access will be made after consultation involving the school team and Information Technology staff. Students who do not follow this protocol for the use of USB storage devices may be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in this Board’s Administrative Procedure 140 Acceptable Computer Use, and the school’s Code of Conduct.

School Open House

A great way to meet your child’s teachers for this year! The Book Fair will be open as well.
September 13th from 5 to 7 p.m. More details to follow.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, September 4 – Welcome back! Students return to school
Thursday, September 13 – School Open House
Monday, September 17 – First school council meeting; school staff room
Thursday, October. 4 and Friday October 5 – School photos; retakes November 13t

Welcome to our Huron Centennial Community!

“Where Many Hands Make Light Work” Complete and return this form and your child/ren will be entitled to a free slice of pizza.

Please choose from the options below:

Help in a classroom Attend a School Council Meeting
Have children read to you Sit on School Council
Gardening Help 1 -2 hrs per year
Buy food for the nutrition program Coach Sports Teams
Help with Poinsettia fundraiser
December Help with Metzger Meat order
June
Help with Spring Flower
Fundraiser May Make a donation for special
projects at HCS
Help with Cookie Dough Order

October Donation amount :_____________
Tax receipts available

Name:________________________ Number:__________________

Name:______________________ Number:__________________

I am a high school student. Please contact me so I can complete community hours at HCS!

Name:______________________ Number:__________________

Name:______________________ Number:__________________

AMDSB SchoolMessenger

Telephone • Email • Text Messages • Social Media
The Avon Maitland District School Board is excited to announce the launch of a new service that will enhance communication by allowing us to deliver important information to you via text messaging. We will be launching this service in October.
SchoolMessenger is intended to enhance our existing methods of communication – not replace them.
The Avon Maitland District School Board will only use SchoolMessenger to provide information to you that is timely, relevant and important.

Sign up to receive Text Messages
Text Messages – Opt-In Instructions
• From your mobile device text Yes to 978338
Types of Messages You May Receive

Emergency
• School/District related emergency impacting school district
• Weather-related school delays and closures
• Power outage or other issues during the school day which causes school to end early
• Community emergency impacting families
General
• School activities and events
• School Council and other school-related groups/agencies messages

Please note – although AMDSB does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at schoolmessenger@ed.amdsb.ca